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How does fiber help with diverticulitis?

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Fiber softens and adds bulk to stools, helping them pass more easily through the colon. It also reduces pressure in the digestive tract.

Many studies show that eating fiber-rich foods can help control diverticular symptoms. Women younger than 51 should aim for 25 grams of fiber daily. Men younger than 51 should aim for 38 grams of fiber daily. Women 51 and older should get 21 grams daily. Men 51 and older should get 30 grams daily.

From: Diverticulitis Diet WebMD Medical Reference

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Salzman, H. , 2005; vol 72: pp 1229-1234. American Family Physician

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis."

Strate, L.L. , 2008; vol 300: pp 907-914. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Feldman, M., Friedman L.S., Brandt L.J. (editors) 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2006. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal Liver Disease,

Institute of Medicine. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Salzman, H. , 2005; vol 72: pp 1229-1234. American Family Physician

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis."

Strate, L.L. , 2008; vol 300: pp 907-914. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Feldman, M., Friedman L.S., Brandt L.J. (editors) 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2006. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal Liver Disease,

Institute of Medicine. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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